Mike Tyson gets prize for autobiography; Mia Hamm leaves footprint on Champions Promenade; Iniesta awarded Golden Foot

Sportel celebrates 25th anniversary 1990-2014 – October 7-10, 2014

Photo.aspxSport on television has grown to be very popular becoming mainstream and truly inspiring. It was back in 1990 that Sportel was born under the patronage of HSH Prince Rainier III, and presided by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, thanks to the initiative of visionary Georges Bertellotti, a Monegasque sports journalist. It was Bertellotti who created the Golden Podiums to recognize the makers of the televised sportive image, and from 2001 the prize was renamed in his honor. But it was in fact Gilles Noghes, at that time Director of Monaco Tourism and Congress who baptized the event SPORTEL and designed the logo.

Sportel at Grimaldi Forum @CelinaLafuenteDeLavothaSportel is today the most influential business convention for the global sports media industry, organized by Monaco Mediax at the Grimaldi Forum, now under the Honorary Presidency of HSH Prince Albert II and the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. Attended twice a year by the industry’s major figures, representing television channels and sports program distributors to rights holders, access providers, new media, sports federations, sports clubs and leagues, marketing agencies, event organizers, legal advisers, producers, press agencies and media outlets, with over 2,500 participants representing 70 countries around the planet. The spring edition of Sportel will be in Miami, Florida from March 17-19, 2015, and will come back to Monaco in the Fall from October 12-15.

Golden Podium Awards

The Golden Podium Awards is a prestigious evening gala in Monaco that honors the people responsible for the best sports images of the year as well as a host of media personalities and sports stars. In the absence HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Pierre Casiraghi took the relay and did the honors.

Presiding over this special 2014 jury was British director Stephen Frears himself, joined by Francois Moriniere, CEO of L’Equipe Group, Emanuele Pirro, F1 Driver, Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Executive Board Member, Wanderlei Silva, MMA Fighter and Adolphe Drhey, Sportel Founding Member. Frears and his fellow jury members announced the winners of this unique competition, that celebrates the most beautiful sporting images, and in particular the most spectacular slow motion sporting footage.

Personalities from TV and sports said present: Camille Muffat (Swimming), Kevin Rolland (The flying French man), Muriel Hurtis (athletism), Wilson Kipketer (800m), Marco Simone (football coach), Valere Germain (player with ASM Monaco), Fabien Gilot, Shane Mosley, without forgetting Adriana Karembeu.

Categories honored and the winners

Best Sport Slow Motion of the Year, FNOSC Prize: Turkey Backflip Pigeon, Bjoern Miniers, Red Bull Media House, Austria

Best Sport Program Teaser: In 8 Major, Setphane Le Goff, Canal Plus, France

Best Sport Program Trailer: CameramenThe Best of Foot, Bart Timmer, Canal Plus, France

Innovation Prize, Puressentiel Prize: Ref Cam, Gary Burns

L’Equipe.fr Public Prize given to the most beautiful sporting sequence: Slowmo Ski 1, Mathis Lopez, Vecom Video, France

Christian Blachas Prize for the Best International Advertising Film of the Year: Jordan “Respect”, W&Ken New York, USA

International Olympic Committee Grand Prize, IOC Prize: World Relay 2014 USA, Ted Ayling, IAAF, Monaco

The Sport Image of the Year, Lacoste Prize: Elevation, Cedric Klapish, Canal Plus, France

Image of the 25 Years of Sportel: Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man, Gael Leiblang, Elephant & Cie, France

Peace and Sport Image of the Year, supported by the AFP: Dancing in Jaffa – The winner was unveiled by no other than Kenyan distance runner Wilson Kipketer. He is member of Champions for Peace, a group of more than 70 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco based international organization.

Sport Book Awards

Sportel Prize of the Monaco Olympic Committee (MOC): Sailing, Onne Van der Wal, Rizzoli USA

Sportel Prize of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee: Surf, Skate & Snow, contre-cultures, Christophe Perez, Courtes et Longues Editions, France

Sportel Special Prize: Autobiography: Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson, Blue Rider Press Editions, USA

Mike Tyson is no hero in my book!

Mike Tyson at Sportel @CelinaLafuenteDeLavothaWhen I met Mike Tyson during the press photo-call at Sportel with journalists fighting to take the best picture of him, and later watching him being acclaimed by the public during the Golden Podium Awards ceremony for his book Undisputed Thruth, the thought that came to my mind was “what is wrong with this picture?” I confess I watched Tyson’s knockout fights while we were living in the USA, and admired him as a heavyweight world champion. But the way he lived his tumultuous life in and outside the ring is nothing to be honored for, and no book no matter how good it is will get him moral redemption, but probably will provide for the money he needs after carelessly dilapidating the millions he had amassed during his professional career. But honoring Tyson confirms everything that is wrong with our society today, where publishing a book erases all kind of sins.

Mike Tyson was distinguished with the Special Prize to the best autobiography of the year created by the Book Prize Committee to mark the 25th anniversary of Sportel. The “Undisputed Truth” by Tyson, written by Larry Sloman and published in 2013, is a bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from the legendary heavyweight champion of the world, which made it on The New York Times Best Seller list. In spite of his many transgressions, Iron Mike got to share the stage with many accomplished sports celebrities and Olympic champions.

Tyson’s one-man show at the Sporting in Monte-Carlo

After debuting a one-man show in Las Vegas, Tyson teamed up with director Spike Lee and brought the show to Broadway in August 2012. In February 2013, he took the show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on a 36-city, three-months national tour, talking about his personal and professional life on stage. The show was aired on HBO November 2013.

Mike Tyson dressed in a multicolor shirt (gray, white and yellow) gave a sincere account of his rather unconventional life in a packed the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, translated into 3 languages. He was brutally honest, raw and often hilarious while giving an account of his highs and lows.

He talked more about his excess in life than his sportive success, starting with his youth in Brooklyn in the 1970’s marked by several arrests, to his slow forfeiture in the 1990’s due to his use of cocaine, passing through his failed marriage to Robin Givens and the years spent in prison. The show finishes dramatically when he talks about the accidental death in 2009 of his little daughter Exodus of only 4 years old. The public lost their smiles and the show ended.

About Tyson’s career

Tyson (b.1966) made his professional debut as an 18-year old on March 6, 1985, in Albany, New York. He is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years of age. He won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. After being stripped of the WBC title, Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in November 1966 by an 11th round TKO. Their 1997 rematch in Las Vegas, dubbed The Sound and the Fury, ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ears, a piece of one of them was found on the ring. In 2002, he fought for the world-heavyweight title at the age of 35, losing to Lennox Lewis by KO. He retired from professional boxing in 2006, after being knocked out in consecutive matches. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite having received over USD 30millons for several of his fights and USD 300 million during his career.

He was well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior inside and outside the ring. He has been given several nicknames The Baddest Man on the Planet, Kid Dynamite and Iron Mike, he is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, and has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Pierre Casiraghi cuts Sportel’s 25th year anniverssary cake

After the prize-giving ceremony the party continued at one of Monaco’s legendary nightclubs, “Jimmy’z”, where Pierre Casiraghi cut the cake for Sportel’s 25th birthday celebration. The evening was animated by pop icon turned DJ Boy George, together with DJ Marc Vedo, who had everybody dancing all night long.

Golden Foot 2014 – October 10-13, 2014

The Golden Foot Champions Promenade was created in 2003 and has become a reference point for world football. Thanks to the initiative of Antonio Caliendo, President of the World Champions Club (WCC) and with the support of HSH Prince Albert II who decided to dedicate part of the Principality’s waterfront to this Walk of Fame. The greatest footballers of all time leave their bronze footprints here forever.

A woman among international Golden Football Legends

Mia Hamm first woman to receive Golden Foot Award @CelinaLafuenteDeLavothaMia Hamm became the first American woman to leave her footprints on the reputable Champions Promenade alongside her fellow men. Mia Hamm, who retired from professional soccer in 2004, held the record for more international goals than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer until 2013. She has had an incredible soccer journey, appearing in 275 international matches and was named the first FIFA Women’s world Player of the Year and appears on FIFA’s list of the 125 best living players, chosen by legendary Pele. She created the non-profit organization Mia Hamm Foundation which is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant, as well as creating opportunities for young women in sports. At the press conference when asked: “Instead of the foot imprint what would you write instead?, she responded “Groundbreaking!”, as it will open the road to young women in the sport.

Hidetoshi Nakata is the first Japanese player to leave his footprints in the Champions Promenade, he is one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation. He began his professional career in 1995 and retired at 29 years old. Pele included Kanata in his FIFA 100, a list of the 125 living footballers. Since 2009 he has been Representative Director of the Take Action Foundation. Nakata said that the foot imprint could not be replaced by any word or phrase because it summarizes it all.

Roger Mills is one of the first African Players to become a major international star at the age of 39 when he scored four goals at the 1990 FIFA World Cup thus helping his country become the first African team to qualify for the quarterfinals. He was 42 years old when he became the oldest goal scorer in the history of the World Cup with a goal against Russia, and also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running ot the corner flag and dancing. He is among the Pele list of 125 greatest living football players. Milla created the Heart of Africa Foundation, to support and promote football in Cameroon, and help underprivileged children in that country fulfill their dreams.

Antonin Panenka is a former footballer from Czech Republic. He won the 1976 European Championship with Czechoslovakia. In the final against Germany he scored the decisive penalty in the shootout and his style is now known as the Panenka Penalty.

Jean-Marie Pfaff is a Belgian former football goalkeeper who spent most of his professional life with Beveren (1969) and Bayer Munich (1982). He was named by Pele as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Hakan Sukur represented Turkey a total of 112 times, scoring 51 goals, becoming the country’s top goal scorer and 19th in the world. One of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, he netted 383 goals during his professional career.

Spaniard Andres Iniesta receives Foot 2014 award – Vamos!

On Monday, October 13, at the Salles des Etoiles of the Sporting, Andres Iniesta the No. 8 midfielder from Barcelona was awarded the Golden Foot, competing alongside talented players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Manuel Neuer, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Silva, Franck Ribery, Toure Yaya and Thierry Henry, as well as female Brazilian footballer Marta Vieira Da Silva. But it was the iconic Barcelona star, who last Sunday reached 102 international caps with the Spanish team, who was recognized for his successful football career, thus joining other top level footballers like Alessandro del Piero, Andriy Shevchenko, Ronaldinho, Baggio, Roberto Carlos, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ryan Giggs and Didier Drogba who have received the prize. His footprint will be placed in the Champions Promenade.

A panel of journalists select the ten nominees every year, based on achievements on and off the football field. The Golden Foot award is then voted via an online public poll and can only be won once in a players’ career.



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